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Idiocracy has begun

barefoot_professor (2655607) writes | about 2 years ago


barefoot_professor (2655607) writes "Are Humans Becoming Less Intelligent?
As reported by LiveScience, "The study, published today (Nov. 12) in the journal Trends in Genetics, argues that humans lost the evolutionary pressure to be smart once we started living in dense agricultural settlements several thousand years ago.""

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Ho hum (1)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | about 2 years ago | (#41964173)

Call me an ostrich with my head in the sand -- I have no intention of reading any article which leads to such a summary. Is there something about agriculture which doesn't require smarts? If nothing else, they need better ways of beating off the raiders who don't farm, and ways to hide their crop from tax collectors, and ways to find the hidden crops.

What about the notion that writing and arithmetic began as ways to keep track of crops and taxes? Maybe only dummies can do that.

I think it's more likely that some people have lost the ability to think rationally, they think since they are smarter it must be even worse for peasants, and they found a silly journal to publish their efforts.

Of course, maybe I'm such a peasant, and being dumber than they are, I just can't see it, so I post on slashdot instead.

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